Michael Arnold Mages
Since the beginning
Works in Erie, Colorado United States of America

Michael Arnold Mages is an artist, designer and composer. He received a degree in Music Composition from the University of Arizona, Masters in Digital Media Studies at the University of Denver and currently teaches in the Digital Media program at the University of Denver, and in Interactive Media program at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design.

His works deal primarily with sound, economies of power, and perceptions of space. He is currently working on several projects, among them a digital archive of the photos and writings detailing the experiences of his Grandfather during World War II.
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February on -empyre-: Geert Lovink and Trebor Scholz discuss networks, art and collaboration

February on -empyre-:

networks, art & collaboration

With Geert Lovink and Trebor Scholz

1. United labour, co-operation; especially in literary, artistic,
or scientific work.
2. specifically Traitorous cooperation with the enemy.
--Oxford English Dictionary, Online Edition

Rarely does a word contain within it such positive and negative
connotations. The history of collaboration reflects this duality.
Wordsworth and Coleridge, Fluxus, Wiki, Blogging, the organization of the
WTO protests, the rise of Nazism in pre-WWII Germany and surrounding
states, and the actions of the recent US-led "coalition" in Iraq
demonstrate positive and negative aspects of collaborative effort.

-empyre-, in cooperation with the conference on networks, art, &
collaboration (http://www.freecooperation.org), welcomes Geert Lovink and
Trebor Scholz, as they discuss the complexity, challenges and rewards of
collaboration both off and on-line.

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Lovink and Scholz are both part of a collaborative team that
created the collaborative weblog Discordia on arts, politics, and techno
cultures. (http://discordia.us)
Geert Lovink
Geert Lovink is an Amsterdam-born media theorist and activist who
co-founded the on-line group for media arts producers, nettime, and the
Australian-based forum fibreculture.org. Lovink has lectured widely on
media theory, and is a member and co-founder of Adilkno (Foundation for
the Advancement of Illegal Knowledge).
Trebor Scholz
Born in East Berlin, Trebor Scholz is a media artist who,
involved in ventures both collaborative and individual, addresses
issues on the intersection of art, politics and the Internet.
Dividing his time between Brooklyn and Buffalo he is professor
at the Department of Media Study, SUNY at Buffalo.


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-empyre- ReShaping the Field - Judy Malloy, Sonya Rapoport and Anna Couey

We are pleased to invite you to join us at -empyre- http://www.subtle.net/empyre in December and January for our SSNWSouthernSummer-NorthernWinter discussion series of recently published books.

In December we are introducing "Women, Art, and Technology", edited by JudyMalloy which documents women's core contributions to art and technologycreation. The book includes overviews of the history and foundations of thefield by, among others, artists Sheila Pinkel and Kathy Brew; classic papersby women working in art and technology; papers written expressly for thisbook by women whose work is currently shaping and reshaping the field; and a series of critical essays that look to the future.

Artist contributors include computer graphics artists Rebecca Allen and Donna Cox; video artists Dara Birnbaum, Joan Jonas, Valerie Soe, and Steina Vasulka; composers Cecile Le Prado, Pauline Oliveros, and Pamela Z;interactive artists Jennifer Hall and Blyth Hazen, Agnes Hegedus, Lynn Hershman, and Sonya Rapoport; virtual reality artists Char Davies and Brenda Laurel; net artists Anna Couey, Monika Fleischmann and Wolfgang Strauss,Nancy Paterson, and Sandy Stone; and choreographer Dawn Stoppiello. Critics include Margaret Morse, Jaishree Odin, Patric Prince, and Zoe Sofia.

Judy will be joined through the month by Sonya Rapoport and Anna Couey, aswell as other key contributors to the text.

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re: net.art education and its contents

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Neural Skeins and Digital Skins -- November on -empyre-

The parallels between the internet and a biological system are many. Growth and decay, circulation and disease are symptoms of these living systems. In our bodies, cells, neurons, bacteria and on-line, words, memes and code-structures are vital elements of ordered, yet chaotic process. For the month of November -empyre- delights in presenting Neural Skeins and Digital Skins: code, writing, and the net as a central nervous system, with four prominent artists and theorists.


In a pastiche of imagery and French and English text, Tamara Lai (Belgium) spins her intimate, visceral cyber-poems from her base in Liege. Lai's oeuvre includes exploration of performance, ephemerality and virtual relations.

Alan Sondheim (US), New York based net artist and poet, conducts a
continuous meditation on cyberspace, emphasizing issues of interiority,
subjectivity, body, and language.

Alessandro Ludovico (IT) publishes the critical journal neural.it in Italian
and English online. <http://www.neural.it> and <http://www.neural.it/english>

Florian Cramer (Germany), is a theorist on comparative net aesthetics and
literature, and lectures at the Free University Berlin.


As Alan writes, We collude between death and sex, to the limits of
distortion - space-time burns around configurations of terror and the body.

The skin is always a skein of communication. Words are performative only
to the extent they can persuade physical reality beyond the sememe -
propaganda or persuasion of language.

How, as Florian asks, does 'codework' fit notions of text that were crafted
without digital code - most importantly: machine-executable digital code -
in mind, and vice versa. Is it a coincidence that, in their poetical
appropriation of low-level Internet codes, codeworks ended up aesthetically
resembling concrete poetry? And, apart from aesthetic resemblances, how do
computer programs relate to literature?

Join us in discussion to examine these questions and more on -empyre-.

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October on -Empyre- Anamorph/Semiomorph:Playspace/Playlife

Anamorphosis. from Greek, from anamorphoun to transform, from morphe form, shape]